Joined on 07/08/10
TURN off windows updates @ first!!!
Pros: Full Desktop version of regular Windows 8.1 - 32 bit. (Not the useless windows RT which is not real desktop windows). Processor is capable of 64 bit but 32 bit is recommended for all the functions to work on this device. Mine worked out of the box and was pretty much in new condition for me. The UPC code was on the shipping box. I see the horror stories of DOA on the reviews on this section it's possible that I got lucky or happen to know what I was doing. It's affordable and fast the intel atom baytrail exceeds my expectations for the atom. 32 GB but comes with a hidden 8 GB read-only recovery partition. The 64GB doesn't have this. Can play league of legends and hearthstone on lowest settings. (better for regular computer use)
Cons: Have to be somewhat tech savvy to get the most out of this tablet. For example installing start8 or classic shell to get your start button (like windows 7)back. (Can still use metro if you wanted to) You will get into a computer is updating and restart loop if you start windows update before the asus updates.... In fact it might just be better to turn off windows update in general... (but this will make your computer more vulnerable than fully updated windows). Always update windows defender definitions though (its your anti virus) Sleep drains more battery with keyboard connected. If you disconnect keyboard before sleep battery levels stay within + or - 2%.
Overall Review: I sold my gaming laptop and got this instead of the surface pro 3 because I wanted a tablet hybrid with full windows at an affordable price. I'm waiting on a surface pro with the broadwell SoC and Intel Iris Pro graphics so I can play some more graphic intense games. I definitely don't want to spend $1000 on the surface pro 3 without the broadwell chip. This is definitely a better deal than the surface pro 1. Although the processor is slower than the pro 1... it only uses 2 watts and gets me around 8 hours battery (thats 2-2.5 times longer batt life!!) Get a micro-usb OTG to usb adapter for an extra USB port. (This plugs in your charger. NOTE: micro-usb NOT mini) Keyboard takes a short time to adjust. Nothing annoying. The right shift is just smaller than a full sized right shift. Definitely check out the forums dedicated to this device for some awesome tips and advice for it. For some reason my wi-fi did not work at my college until I spoofed a different MAC address (weird). 16:9 ratio bad for textbooks but good for 720p videos. HTML5 player for youtube is a lot faster than flash. Can install in chrome as an add on. Highly recommend sumatra PDF reader on this. It's fast. To full screen you tap screen with both thumbs. To rotate books you use thumb and finger and turn clock/counterclockwise. To exit full screen you tab screen with 2 fingers again. Should update to latest BIOS for all the new fixes by Asus.
Got lucky with mine. If yours doesn't work try my openWRT flashing instructions
Pros: Effectively $5 after $5 newegg promotional gift card.
Cons: Everyone says theirs doesn't work... I can't post links in reviews but you can view my flashing instructions at stoplagging dot com. It's under "methods to slay lag > Archer C59 v2 Flashing" or you can just read them here. Flashing it may give your router new life! Instructions are for the v2 version only! Archer C59 v2 Flashing
Overall Review: Search openwrt-ar71xx-generic-archer-c59-v2-squashfs-factory on google for the firmware file I can't give direct link on reviews... Hook up Ethernet Cable to LAN Port. Connect Ethernet cable from your modem or switch into WAN. Login to webUI with http://tplinkwifi.net It will ask you to choose a password. Do that. Login to router and open the Advanced tab Navigate to System Tools -> Firmware Upgrade Upload firmware using the Manual Upgrade form. Choose the openwrt-ar71xx-generic-archer-c59-v2-squashfs-factory.bin that you downloaded. After flashing is done you need to install packages to have a web graphical interface. To Do this… Install and run putty Host Name: 192.168.1.1 Port 22 Open Click yes on the certificate prompt. Username is root by default. After typing in root and pressing enter, type in passwd and press enter. This will prompt you to change your router password Assuming you’re connected to the internet, enter in these commands: opkg update opkg install luci After luci is done installing you can now access the web interface through the browser at 192.168.1.1. Login with root and the password you changed earlier in step 10. With the login interface you can set-up and re-enable the Wireless interfaces again. Hope this helps!
Modern case design and includes some undervalued case features!
Pros: This is my favorite mini-ITX case so far, I've had an Azza Z and a Cooler Master Elite 130 before the core v1. I wanted to get my hands on the ncase m1 but it was way too expensive. For this $40-50 price it's extremely easy to work with and has great ventilation. If I ever wanted to change the heat sink or cpu cooler I don't have to take apart everything. I just open all 4 panels unscrew the power supply and move it to the side. Then i have access to the cpu cutout below. It's wonderful not having to take out the whole motherboard and cables attached to it to change coolers. The interchangeable panels is pretty darn useful. I just wish they sold the mesh individually panels too. The powersupply and cables have their own compartment. There's lots of room for your Graphics card and a semi large cpu cooler (given that it isn't over 140mm tall total). It also has motherboard mounts already so you don't need to screw in any risers. ***Comparisons*** the azza z was the hardest to work with and wasn't very flexible. Everything just takes twice as longer to put together. The cooler master elite on the other hand has a weird top mounted power supply spot that bulges out in the back. It was easier to work with than the Azza but the Core V1 is still much easier. You can't remove the bottom panel of the coolermaster 130 and can't change heatsink without removing the motherboard for it. The cable management for the Core V1 is much better as it has a separate power supply compartment under the motherboard.
Cons: The only think that I don't like about the core v1 is the fan filter in the front mesh panel. You would have to bend the metal clips welded to the front cover 90 degrees to take out the filter. I have a feeling if one does this too often or bend the clips back too far the metal clips would snap.
Overall Review: Hidden features: "You can mount additional fans and drives right on the side panel grating using the rubber grommets that come with the case. You can also order more window panels if you want a sexier look and a quieter build." -Oafah One of the best Mini ITX Cases ever made!
I lovee this case Best Bang for Buck!
Pros: Let me start off by saying price. I got this for $28 after rebate which came to me. Coming from the first Antec 900 ever released this was a huge improvement. 1) Dust Filters (I can not stress how important this is to me. They keep the components inside a lot cleaner and are washable) 2) The cable management is godsend. The side covers have a slight bulge so you have room to hide more cables in the back. 3) Storage bay faces towards side panel instead of motherboard. This is great design! The power and sata cables would connect from the other side. Instead of the side facing the mother board. Much more roomy and less wires! 4) The gap in the middle for Video Cards. This gives you A LOT more space.... It's not like everyone needs that space unless they got 5 storage drives or something... I like it pretty standard for a modern case. 5) Air flow. The 120 mm fans it comes with are quiet and move a good amount of air. 6) Low-High Fan controls on top. 7) Top fans great for 2x120mm fan liquid coolers Extremely good for budget builds.
Cons: The pros definitely outweigh the cons. 1) Metal is less sturdy than more expensive cases. 2) The one 4 pin fan connector seems quite flimsy. 3) The aesthetics if you don't like it. I think it's decent and minimal. Dangit I just saw the GX500 Window (or Illusion) for a shell shocker deal today after rebate and code for $30. That one has a clear window and 2 led fans.
Overall Review: Long live GX500.
Upgraded from first gen core i7
Pros: Heya guys. I got this with the Gigabyte B85M-DS3H combo for $85 after rebate. If you're still using a first generation intel core chip (LGA-1156) I'd recommend this. According to the benchmarks it's faster than some of the first generation i5 and only uses 65 Watts. It's possible to add on a broadwell intel chip in the future because this combo is LGA 1150. Now I have USB 3.0 ports, and a faster post than my old mobo. $85 combo was a steal! Great budget combo for everyday needs! If you're not a gamer the integrated graphics is good enough. I'm a gamer and this works well with my Radeon HD 7870!
Cons: uhh... maybe the only con is that it's dual core? some apps and games take advantage of four cores now. Other than this thing is awesome. Great bang for dollar.
Overall Review: Thanks newegg and slickdeals.
Best mini keyboard out there
Pros: I'm impressed with this keyboard. In fact this is the only Mini Keyboard that I like the most. Some keyboards by A4tech and other random companies make it difficult to press the enter key, the FN key, and the ALT and control key. this keyboard is just perfect! it has the nice addition of the play button. Although it has no Next Track / Last Track button you can use KeyTweak to assign them to f10/f11 or whatever key you don't use. Usually the other mini keyboards feel unbalanced. This one grips well and stays there better.
Cons: Makes some what loud when I type. Not a problem for me though.